Matt Riddle def. Kassius Ohno
Obviously, their initial encounter at NXT TakeOver: WarGames II lasted all of six seconds, so this was their chance to really go all out and have the match they were capable of. Unfortunately, they were short on time, so it wasn't the barn-burner I thought it could have been. That said, it was still a good match for what it was and it's possible they were holding back because the feud is continuing. After all, Ohno attacked Riddle afterward, so I would assume a rematch is in the works for TakeOver: Phoenix.
NXT has held a few of these year-end shows in the past where they air replays from some of the year's best matches and moments (sometimes in full-length) and announce the nominees for the year-end awards. This was a special two-hour episode, though it really had no business being that long considering Riddle vs. Ohno was brief, anyway. If nothing else, NXT was amazing in 2018, so reliving all those remarkable matches and moments doesn't hurt and isn't a bad way to spend two hours. I just wish there was more build for TakeOver: Phoenix, which is coming up in three weeks.
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